David Fisch has been an active member for over 35 years and presently is one of three Emeritus Members serving as PAC leader, Co-chair of the Legislative and Licensing Committee, member of the Finance Committee and member of the Strategic Development Committee.    His years of legislative "know how" and inside connections, coupled with his love for the electronic security industry in Minnesota has made him a powerful voice for our association.   When he is not working the Capitol, Board of Electricity meeting, or MNESTA meeting, he's serving the security needs of his customers as CEO and Senior Design Consultant at Security Engineering Associates.

  • April, 2017 - Legislative Update

    We have arrived at about midway point of the current legislative session

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    Since January we have reviewed fourteen bills that may or will affect our industry in some manner.  Three bills had little or nothing to do with the alarm industry but their subject matter or the state agency involved could become an issue.  As such, we monitor their progress. Other bills have more of an impact... Read More  (password required)

  • April, 2017 -  Extra Effort to Enforce Licenses

    The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is stepping up enforcement of licensed and registered unlicensed individuals having their license or certificate on site while working. This will be a state wide effort similar to those enhanced efforts by public safety to catch drivers under the influence in the month of .....Read More (password required)

  • April, 2017 - New Requirements for Smoke Detectors

    UL releases new standards for smoke detectors and smoke alarms...Read More (password required)

  • November, 2016 - Vote

    Having spent the past 36 years representing our association in the political arena, and with 25 years at the federal level, I wish to offer some thoughts.

    1. Next Tuesday...VOTE - This is the greatest privilege and responsibility given to you in the Constitution of this great nation.
    2. Consider your vote - It is not for me to tell anyone how they should cast their ballot. But as you consider, in this most difficult of choices, what will be the outcome, review the platforms of the two major parties, and if you wish, the minor parties as well. Here is where you can find them:
      1. Democratic Party
      2. Republican Party
      3. Libertarian Party
      4. Green Party
    3. Consider, after review, what the next four years will bring. Our industry and your business will need to be aware of and deal with the issues created by our need to use both the Internet and cellular networks as the pathway to signal a call for help from our subscribers.

    Up to now, we have worked with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This is a government agency that controls, through their rule making processes, how the Internet and cellular networks will operate. FCC directors exist at the pleasure of the president and are political appointees. As such, political philosophy invariably enters into the decision making process.

     

    In the coming two years, we will be working through the legislative portion of this work in congress to reform the telecommunications act. The make up of the congress (all members of the House and 1/3 of the Senate are running) will be an important factor in our ability to be successful. In the end, the next president will have to sign or veto the final result of our work.

     

    Finally, there is always the possibility that some or all of the completed reformed telecommunications law will be challenged in the federal courts. The point here is that all federal judges (District, Appellate and Supreme Court) are appointed by the president, so too, are all federal district attorneys. The incoming president will fill all these positions at some time in the next four years. This makes this election very critical. So educate yourself in the next few days and vote.

    As always, let me know if you have questions.

    David Fisch,

    Legislative Chair

    Government Relations Representative

  • February 17, 2016 - ADT Sells to Apollo Global Management Group

    ADT has sold itself to Apollo Global Management with the intent to merge with Protection1 and ASG Security.

     

    The combined company will operate under the name ADT.  ADT has 40 days in which to shop a better deal, if available.  Tim Whall, long-time security industry acquisition specialist, will head the new ADT.   Pending the 40 day clause, SEC review and stockholder approval, the deal should be completed by June 2016.

     

    Information was taken from the ADT website..

     

  • November 2015 - Board of Electricity Report

    Last month, Russ Ernst and I attended the fall quarterly Board of Electricity (BOE) meeting. There were four major subjects covered at the meeting. Here is a quick summary:

     

    • Reciprocity with Wisconsin was denied by the BOE based primarily on the electricians’ position that Wisconsin's CEU program is not geared enough toward the NEC.  The Commissioner, on the other hand, feels that Wisconsin has a legitimate CEU program and Minnesota should finalize an agreement.  So it goes... more later.  Be aware none of this has anything to do with the Power Limited industry or our business.
    • A housekeeping legislative effort to update the State Building Code would change the implementation of a rule from 180 days, after the BOE approves a rule, to 270 days or later.   The Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) can implement a rule earlier if there is a reason to do so.  This is sort of ho-hum to me, but I can see where some groups may oppose.  I do not see much of a problem for us.
    • Fees for licenses are down. The surcharge has sunset.
    • Contractor license renewal will be totally automated and done online.  No more paper forms are required.  Up until now, we had to have our Bond notarized.  This could not be done online.  DLI has worked with the bonding companies to provide us with a continuous, or perpetual bond.  Each two-year cycle, you will access your DLI account and the bond will be on the screen.  All the data is in place, which cannot be changed. You will renew the bond online and pay the fee online at that time.  Further, DLI is working with the insurance industry.  All of this will be in place sometime in 2017.

     

    That is it until January 2016 for the BOE.  Let me know if you have questions.

     

    David Fisch

    MNESTA-Government Relations Representative

 

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August 24th, 2017